Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.
It happened at the ball…
Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren’t entirely “the thing.” And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London’s most eligible aristocrat.
It happened in the garden…
When Marcus shockingly—and dangerously—swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn’t even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed…thank goodness they weren’t caught very nearly in the act!
It happened one autumn…
Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable…as his bride?
I really don’t even know what to say about this novel except that I loved it. Lillian is just the kind of heroine I love. Intelligent, talented, bold, and deliciously defiant. I love that she is determined to be who she is, and refuses to conform to being someone she is not. Her attitude is society and traditions be damned. Her fiestiness proves to be the biggest pain in Lord Marcus Westcliff’s backside. But her contrary nature is just what he needs to temper him and keep him on his toes.
Westcliff is an intriguing character as he’s so dominant and doggedly determined in his business dealings. Rarely is he ruffled or caught off his guard, until Lillian bursts into his life. But there is definitely a very charming and understanding side to Marcus. While his father thought he was beating every weakness out of him, Marcus did harden himself, but also resolved to never be like his father in all the ways that count. I so fell for this guy and loved to see when his sensitive and passionate side emerged.
Another interesting character was Sebastion St. Vincent. Another competitor for Lillian’s affections, though he is described as an insatiable rake, there seemed to be more to him than his reputation as a rascal. I actually really liked him and was hoping that St. Vincent would have his own story! But then he went and did something unfathomable in the book and I ended up really disgusted with him. And now that I know that the next book does include his story, knowing what he did in this book, I wonder if I will be able to reconcile myself to him enough to enjoy reading about him.
Overall, the characters were well written and the story was delightful. I was totally consumed in this world of Wallflowers, and I cannot get enough! I already have the next in the series and look forward to reading it. This series is a MUST READ if you are a fan of historical romance!
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